Austin City Council Proposes Installation of Drinking Fountains

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Austin City Council Proposes Installation of Drinking Fountains


  • Austin City Council members are putting forth an effort to install 10 drinking fountains in the Downtown Austin area
  • 10 locations have been proposed with two of them near the ARCH shelter
  • The fountains would be ADA compliant, free to use at any time, and located in well-lit areas
  • Each location would have a drinking fountain, a pet fountain and a bottle-filling station
  • In a city memo, Austin Water estimated the cost to install the fountains range between $700,000 and $750,000
  • Costs would include: the fountain unit, installation, permitting, wastewater service, engineering and project management
  • It is projected the operation and maintenance of the fountains would cost roughly $63,000 annually
  • That cost includes paying for a full-time maintenance worker to clean and sanitize each fountain daily
  • Austin Water has stated they would cover the costs with their 2020 budget if the city council approves the idea

 

More information:

https://www.kvue.com/article/news/local/drinking-fountains-downtown-aust...

 

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